2022 Book Review: My Husband’s Wife

My Husband’s Wife

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

A Mystery/Thriller, 2016 by Penguin, 373 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Strange pace in the beginning. You could easily lose track of the plot at first or wonder why this is classified as a mystery/thriller for a bit of the story. 
  • Unreliable narrator. I’ll come back to that in a second because it’s not actually one I have a problem with. I only mention it because I know other people are bothered by them. If you aren’t a fan of a narrator that you may not love, one you aren’t sure you can trust, or one that makes questionable life choices you may not love this one. 
  • All around terrible people, actually. A lot of the characters in this one are people you may not like. I’m not sure you’d truly trust any of them. 

What I Did Like:

  • Unreliable narrator. As promised, I’m coming back to it. At the end of the day, unreliable narrators are the ultimate in mystery/thriller, in my opinion. They’re a mystery I have to solve. How bad they are and how much I can trust them is the ultimate puzzle. So I’m a fan of that particular trope/tool and in this case, it worked. 
  • Repetition. This story uses a technique of bringing something up early and then popping it back in when it is revealed. It’s a powerful repetition that reminds me of the crescendo of music in a horror movie. You recognize it and it makes you get goosebumps. 
  • Solid mystery to unravel. There were pieces all over the place and lots of threads to bring together to get the full tapestry. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • If you are a fan of unreliable narrators and you like a good mystery, give this one a go! 

My Rating: 4 Stars. 

Well written mystery that keeps you guessing, for sure!

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